Bye Bye Black Hole, Buy Buy Sin City

The Oakland Raiders’ application to relocate to Las Vegas was approved yesterday morning by 31-1 votes in favour on the annual owners meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the only team against being the Miami Dolphins.

The relocation of the Raiders will be their third in the last 35 years and the third NFL relocation since last January after the then St. Louise Rams moved to LA and this January the San Diego Chargers followed the Rams to LA. The Raiders first left Oakland for LA in 1982 but returned to Oakland in 1996 where they have shared the Oakland Alameda Coliseum with MLB’s Oakland Athletics.

The Raiders will play at least one more season in Oakland and will continue to be known as the Oakland Raiders until their new dome stadium in Vegas is completed for the 2020 NFL season.

It remains to be seen where the Raiders will play in 2018 and 2019 with one option being considered is sharing Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Raiders will leave behind their loyal fans known as The Black Hole, in favour of the millions that they will earn in Las Vegas.

The $1.9 (£1.5) billion ($750 (£600) million coming from local tax payers) stadium will be located on the south end of Las Vegas famous Strip and will have a capacity of 65,000.

The Raiders will be the second professional sport franchise in Vegas after NHL’s Vegas Golden Knight who will start playing next season in the already built T-Mobile Arena.

Written by Evgeni Vakov

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